Department of Religion Annual Lecture

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Kayser Auditorium (Hankamer)

Join us for our Annual Religion Department Lecture. This year will feature Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott: "Home Sweet Home: Ancient Israelite Houses in Context."

To better understand daily life in ancient Israel, our focus must shift from the monumental places of prestige (like palaces and temples) to the stage where the mundane occurred—the home. Household archaeology does just that—it focuses on the house, its members, and the activities they engaged in. The recent excavations at Tell Halif utilized household archaeology to focus on its 8th century BCE dwellings; as a result, Halif is uniquely placed to help archaeologists and biblical scholars alike to better understand the cultural and social context of ancient Israelite households. In this presentation, Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott will highlight Halif’s most recently excavated house and how it illustrates the daily lives of the average ancient Israelite man, woman, and child. Particular attention will be paid to the domestic activity of food preparation and gender.